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Georgetown College women's soccer played a third straight overtime add in the chill and raining conditions along with a scare in pregame and you have a recipe for disaster. However, the Tigers, receiving votes in the most recent NAIA Coaches' Poll showed once again the resolve I takes to battle in the Mid-South Conference.
GC and University of the Cumberlands played to a 0-0 draw after the full 90 minutes and two 10 minute extra sessions.
The game, played at Toyota Stadium, was originally set for Williamsburg, Ky. but changed venues Friday with the weather from Joaquin leaving the Patriots field unplayable.
For the second time in just under a week the Georgetown College women's soccer team needed extra time. This time the Tigers, receiving votes in the most recent coaches' poll, scored five minutes into the second overtime when Emily Conner hit Lindsey Dunn on a sprint. The junior out ran a St. Catharine defender and put the game away.
"I'm extremely proud of my girls for overcoming the elements to get the big conference win," said GC coach Leah Crews Castleman. "It was frustrating at times getting good chances and not finishing, but we kept our heads and got the job done."
Georgetown improves to 8-1-1 and 3-1 in Mid-South Conference action. The Patriots fall to 3-6 and 1-2. This game was originally set for Springfield, Ky. However, Tuesday's rain made SCC's field a swamp. With the turf field at Toyota Stadium the decision was made Wednesday morning to swap sites.
Danielle Lang pitched a shutout against No. 19 Cumberland University and then made several big saves in a tie with Asbury to help Georgetown College women's soccer to a 1-0-1 week.
For her efforts she earned Mid-South Conference Player of the Week honors, the second time this season the junior has been recognized, the league announced Monday afternoon.
"Danielle has worked really hard during the offseason to be prepared for this fall and that hard work, without a doubt, has been apparent in all of our games thus far," said GC assistant coach Kayla King. "She is faster, stronger and more equipped to hand the rigors of our conference and our season. She has made big saves for us while still being mentally strong and focused for 90 minutes."
They are called trap games for a reason. Georgetown College women's soccer team came off a win over Mid-South Conference foe No. 19 Cumberland University. Riding the high, the Tigers (7-1-1) needed to find a way to refocus for an in-state rival Asbury University Thursday night. The Eagles (5-2-1) were coming in on a five-game winning streak and this game had veteran coach Leah Crews Castleman concerned.
With a goal in the final 30 seconds of regulation, Georgetown forced two overtimes and left with a 1-1 tie.
"I'm more proud of my team tonight, than I was Tuesday beating a ranked opponent," Castleman said. "Tonight, we played down for the first time outside of the game with No. 1 Lindsey Wilson. We didn't get rattled."
Sarah Hencke took a touch around defender Autumn Copeland, forcing goalie Ashley Kambeitz off her line. The senior then sent the ball around the outstretched Kambeitz. As the ball bounded across the open net, freshman Skye Zimmer touched it into the back of the net.
That would be all Georgetown College women's soccer team needed offensively wise Tuesday against No. 19 Cumberland University. The Tigers (7-1) made the goal in the 15th minute stand for a 1-0 victory. They run their Mid-South Conference record to 2-1.
This is the best start ever for Georgetown under coach Leah Crews Castleman. It is another step toward what the GC alumnus wants to accomplish. Georgetown has tied perennial power Lindsey Wilson College on several occasions and defeated the Bulldogs several years ago on Toyota Stadium as a welcome to the MSC.
"It was great to win, but we are not satisfied," Castleman said. "We have to continue to take care of business and not get caught up on this one. We have another big non-conference match Thursday. We have to win games like this, but especially games against lesser teams to prove that we are worthy of being in that Top 25 ranking, which is where we want to be and where we deserve to be."
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|(19) Campbellsville University at||6:00pm|
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